Tasmania is the only Australian state
where the use of hormone growth
promotants (HGPs) is prohibited
through Government legislation.
High-quality beef and lamb is
produced from animals which are
bred and raised using pasture-based
systems and may be 'finished' at a
Yearling, prime steer, cow, Prime lamb, lamb, Chicken, turkey, quail. Wallaby, possum, venison A variety of value added
veal and bull beef primals, mutton, milk fed lamb, offal (farmed). smallgoods are available
processed meat, offal cuts. cuts. Available as chilled, as chilled and
vacuum-packed, frozen Available as chilled, vacuum-packed.
Available as chilled, Available as chilled, and value-added. vacuum-packed, frozen and
vacuum-packed, frozen vacuum-packed, frozen and value-added.
and portioned. portioned.
Free from hormone Free from hormone
growth promotants growth promotants
Tasmania – Australia’s temperate island state Competitive advantage
Separated from the rest of Australia by the waters of Bass Strait, Tasmania is It is Tasmania’s isolation from the rest of Australia and the world, combined with
also set apart by its climate. Air masses roll in consistently from the oceanic its stringent quarantine regulations, that keep the state free from many of the
west, bringing some of the world’s cleanest air, along with rain that is major sheep and cattle diseases. In addition, Tasmania’s natural environment,
pure enough to bottle and export. This reliable rainfall and climate consisting of vast grazing land, clean rainfall and plenty of sunshine, contributes
contribute to Tasmanian farmers’ ability to produce quality animals that to the healthy condition of Tasmanian stock. The Tasmanian meat industry has
provide premium meat. implemented Australian standards for hygiene and food safety. Efficient on-farm
production processes and leading-edge processing techniques make Tasmanian
Quality assurance and care farmers efficient and cost-effective producers.
The Tasmanian meat industry’s quality control schemes ensure that Healthy choice
consumers can buy fresh, safe and healthy meat. The CATTLECARE® and
FLOCKCARE® programs set quality standards for Tasmanian farmers to follow Tasmanian premium meat, be it beef, lamb or other game meats, contains
at each stage of producing beef and sheepmeat on their farms. The standards essential nutrients. It is high in protein and also provides iron, zinc and B group
cover areas such as animal welfare, chemical residue and pesticide vitamins that together contribute to a healthy immune system, the transport of
management, stock feeds, transport and handling control. Quality control oxygen to the blood and the production of energy.
programs also operate in feedlots and saleyards to ensure that livestock welfare,
quality and safety is managed. Acceptable Maximum Residue Level (MRL)
requirements are strictly monitored and adhered to.
Tasmanian beef producers have a reputation for producing
premium quality beef. About 80 per cent of beef cattle are
located in the north of Tasmania and, by transfer of stock,
90 per cent are finished in the high rainfall areas of the
northern coastal areas and King Island. Angus and
Hereford are the predominant cattle breeds and are fed year
round on natural pastures. Tasmania also produces the
Wagyu breed, highly regarded in the Japanese market for
the production of marbled meat.
The majority of sheepmeat is consumed domestically
although processing and export abattoirs also supply
premium carcasses for overseas markets. Tasmania also
provides sheep for processing in the Middle East. Flinders
Island has a reputation for premium milk-fed lamb.
Chickens and turkeys are available whole or as individual
cuts and/or pieces. Quail is available butterfly boned, fresh,
frozen or smoked. Free range gourmet Tasmanian chickens,
turkeys and quail are raised on a vegetarian diet.
Game meats such as wallaby, possum and farmed venison
thrive on the vast and rich pastures and forests. Possum is
a valuable export to Asia and wallaby is increasingly being
recognised as a tender, lean and flavoursome meat. Game
meat processing is subject to the stringent controls of AQIS
(export only), Australian Standards and HACCP-based food
safety regulations. Tasmania is the only Australian state to
permit the processing of wallaby meat.
The variety of meat products available in Tasmania include
beef, lamb, venison, pork and poultry. Tasmanian companies
produce high-quality value added meat products. These
products range from smallgoods such as gourmet hams,
bacons, prosciutto, salami, pates, gourmet sausages and
Tasmania has processing facilities that are export licensed and Halal
certified and comply with the most stringent food safety
For further information, contact:
Department of Economic Development
Head office: 22 Elizabeth Street.
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia 7000
Telephone: +61 3 6233 5888
Facsimile: +61 3 6233 5800